Thursday, May 26, 2016

Delicious banana bread

I came across a banana bread recipe a couple of months back and have made it a few times's delicious! Here is the link to the recipe 

Wednesday's is a fun day when hubby and I look after our 2 grandies. Here are some pics of what we get up to!

Good times :)


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Painting Lucy

Meet Lucy, she was in her prime when she lived at my nanna's  house and acted as an indoor door stop. I was 10 when my nana died, so Lucy is quite old. 

MUm kept Lucy after nanna died and she ended up out in the garden. When my mum and dad moved out of their retirement home, I chose to take her. She was quite flaky and rustic,  but I quite liked her old whethered look. But a few weeks ago I decided it was time to clean her up and give her a new lease of life by painting her, so now Lucy is now proudly sitting on my bookshelf looking quite pleased with her fresh new look! 

I'm testing a new app for posting on my iPad, so we will see how it goes!

WOO HOO, I've finally discovered an app that works properly for posting via my iPad. You might find me posting more often now as I sit with my feet up in front of the TV at! THe app is Blogtouch pro, available on the app store


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Time in Adelaide

A couple of weeks ago I spent a few days in Adelaide catching up with a few of my sisters,  which is always an enjoyable time.

We shared some meals together, went out for coffee and breakfast, shopping, movies, visited Mum and a family friend, watched the sunset at Brighton/Hove and on the whole had a fun and relaxing time.

Here we are (minus our older 2 sisters who couldn't be there that night).

And then the next morning we went for coffee at a new place on The Broadway at Glenelg South. It was an old home that has been turned into a gallery/coffee shop. Each room has eclectic mixed of art works and themes...quite interesting.
I took this photo of the girls outside of the place. I can't remember what it was called!
A couple of us went and saw My Big Greek Wedding 2, which was very silly but good for a laugh as we expected it would be.
I was staying with one of my sisters which is about 400 metres from the beach so one night we headed down on dusk and caught a wonderful sunset. I couldn't stop taking photos! I think I might print a couple out on canvas and put in our family room. Haven't decided which ones yet out of the many I took. Here are a few.

Whilst down there we visited Ikea and I picked up handy shelving unit with top and legs to go into our bedroom. It took a while to put together, but am really happy with it and it's useful for that extra storage.

Ta daa!!!

That's about it for now.

Hope you have enjoyed your weekend, they seem to come and go so fast!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

A little bit of this, a little bit of that!

I can't believe how quickly this week has flown, all of a sudden it's the weekend and enjoying pottering around, watering the plants, baking, washing, watching a show or two on Foxtel (Selling Houses Australia) etc.

One of my plants that is truly performing in our outdoor entertaining area is the Devil's Ivy. It's just in a standard hanging pot, so probably pot bound, but doesn't seem to mind. I am wondering how long I should let it crawl along the ground for before I give it a trim up. What do you think?

I've recently purchased a Microfibre Spray and Glide Mop. I'm so happy with it, it has a water container attached and you press the handle to release a fine jet of water onto the floor in front of the mop. So easy and effective. Much better than the normal microfibre one I had.

Every night when I go to bed, I read and it's a favourite past time when on holidays or on weekends. 
Some of my favourite authors are Monica McInerney, Nora Roberts, Katie Fforde and Di Morrisey to name a few. I love it when I discover an author that I like and recently picked up a random book at the Library by Anna Jacobs called Peppercorn Street. It was a very enjoyable read of friendships forming from people in a neighbourhood.  I have just finished another one of hers and about to start on another. There are many more of hers in the Library.

On Wednesday, we took our grandies to our local playground and had a morning tea picnic. Here's a selfie.....It took a few goes, to get us all in the pic and Luca's not looking too happy about it! I hadn't realised Owen had given the thumbs!

Must go....time to get the washing off the line!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

A weekend away

Last weekend we went down to Adelaide. It was a great time for me catching up with family and friends while my hubby Paul, enjoyed watching the Clipsal V8 Motor Racing.  We headed down Thursday night, so I had 3 days of R&R.

Friday I met up with a couple of my sisters and we visited Mum who is in Resthaven. Poor Mum has dementia but is well looked after and cared for. We have gradually be loosing the Mum we used to know. Very sad, but thankful for the services she receives to make her life comfortable.

From Mums visit us girls went out to lunch at the Payneham Tavern where we met up with another sister and Mum's best friend and her family which we all grew up with. It was a great get together. 

After the 'long lunch' I went back with my sister 'Glenys' to her house and stayed there the night. We enjoyed some wind down drinks on their deck. Lovely!
The next morning one of my 'besties' picked me up and we went to Marion Shopping Centre where we had some lunch (delicious!), watched a movie (The Lady in the Van), did some shopping, had coffee and then went back to her place at McLaren Vale where I spent the night.
The Lady in the Van was quite good. Started off a bit slow but grew into an enjoyable movie. I can't think of anyone else who would be so suited to the 'Lady' as Maggie Smith. She was amazing.
On Sunday we enjoyed a lazy morning, wandered up the main street of McLaren Vale and then after lunch went to House and Garden on Unley Road and Burnside Village before meeting up again with Paul after the race. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable weekend 'in the big smoke'!!

I bought this cushion from House and Garden. It is the start of purchasing a few things to go with a bit of a makeover I'm doing in the family room.

And these 2 cushions were to replace some old ones on the cane chairs I have in the office for clients. I got these from House at Marion.

Our youngest grandson Luca is 7½ months old and is on the move. From our kitchen into our family room we have 2 steps, which Luca managed to go up this week no problem! We need to teach him now how to turn around and go backwards to get down. We taught his brother Owen that and he caught on really well at an early age and whenever he needed to get off of anything he would always turnaround and go down backwards.  A good thing to learn.

 Nothing exciting on the baking front. Friday night I quite often make Pizza. This is one I made this week. A local greek lady makes the bases which are available at one of our supermarkets and they are good! Topped it with bacon, chicken, capsicum, spinach, mushrooms and mozzerella cheese. Yum!

It's a long weekend here in South Australia. One of my sisters and her husband are coming up today and staying the night.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Easy Tuna Pie

I have many favourite recipes that have stood the test of time...most of them have been ones that Mum or my Mother-in-law used to make.

One of those is Tuna Pie. It has a savoury biscuit base and the ingredients are a one bowl mix. So easy!

I made it last week, and remembered to take photos as I prepared it.

 Biscuit Base...I use the Chicken Drumstick biscuits - Mum used to use Jatz
 I snipped some chives
 Mixed the ingredients together

 Served with a fresh salad

Here is the Recipe
Base: 1½ - 2 cups of savoury biscuits and 3 oz butter melted.
Combine and press into a pie plate - let set in fridge while preparing the filling.

Filling: 3/4 can evaporated milk, 2 beaten eggs, ¼ cup grated cheese, 1tsp mustard (I use mustard sauce), ½ cup chopped celery, 1 onion (I used chives), 425g tin of Tuna.
You can add other things  - I added sweetcorn this time too.

Drain the Tuna and combine all ingredients. Pour into base. Sprinkle with extra grated cheese. Cook in moderate over for about ½ - 3/4 hr.

It's really nice the next day for lunch too!

I spent the weekend painting a couple of walls in our family room. We have ordered a new lounge suite which we won't get for another few weeks yet. I wanted to give the room a fresh new look, so the process has started.

I will reveal it once I've finished. Here is a little teaser!

Some of you may have seen some interviews that James Cordon has done with well known musicians. I love the one with Adele....make a cuppa, I'm sure you will love it. How good is HIS voice too?
Click here to see and hear it 

Hope your week is a happy one.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

A quilt and some cooking

When our first grandchild was born in 2013 I made a shaggy quilt for his arrival. Here is the finished quilt. You can see that post here.
So when we found out there was another grandy on the way, I got to work and did another one. As we didn't know if it was a boy or girl either time, I went for safe colours. I'm a 'self taught' sewer so my quilts are basic and not at all to the standard of my of my fellow bloggers!
And here is Luca with his Aunty Chelsea on it when we were down the river last weekend.  His Uncle Adrian is strumming a ukelele!

Lasagne with veggies

Monday nights we have our kids over for a family tea, so on Sundays I try and get a bit organised with the preparation. Today I've made a big Lasagne and a little one which doesn't have the meat content in it as one of our daughter in laws doesn't eat meat.
I like to add veggies to my lasagne's, so I just cook them up to soften first. Then I fry the beef and add a can of crushed tomatoes along with bolognaise sauce and then combine it all together.
I then do a basic cheese sauce and layer it up. I've put alfoil over them, placed them in the fridge and will just pop them in the over tomorrow night. We'll have it with a tossed salad and herb bread. 

Date and Walnut Loaf

 I also made a couple of Date and Walnut loaves. I got the recipe from here

 I don't eat a lot of ice cream, but my hubby does so I've always got a tub of Golden North Vanilla Ice Cream in the freezer. But while shopping the other week while in the Ice Cream section I noticed a box of 'Frutare Mango Smoothie' , so thought I'd give it a try.....Wow, they are delicious, so creamy with real chunks of mango. Sorry about the picture, it was the right way around in my file!!
Anyway, it's the start of another week. Here's a quote that I thought was quite good. Enjoy your week!

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